Rettenstein alpin tour Rötelstein



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 The hike over the 2.247m high mountain Rötelstein - also called Rettenstein - requires above the tree line concentrated walking in the rock, but the remaining part is a great pleasure hiking. The hike to the Rötelstein is from both sides only suitable for experienced mountaineers! The scenic beauty and diversity between Bischofsmütze and Dachstein is hardly to surpass. In the north you’ll see the Dachstein with its mighty southern wall, the Bischofsmütze and the Gosaukamm. In the west the view extends to the Hochkönig, to the south you can see the highest mountains of the Niedere Tauern with the imposing Hochgolling. The Rötelstein got its name to the reddish rock, which is very fragile. Therefore the increases are often slippery, very tedious with many stones on the road. For the entire tour surefootedness and no fear of heights is essential. The tour is (best you put a helmet on) due to the increased danger of falling rocks on the way down on the steep north side at the weekend, due to the higher frequency of hikers, not so recommended.

We start the tour at the, in summer closed, hut - Rettensteinhütte (1.310m). First we walk on the path n. 670 towards the north-east, then a slight left to continue on the west ridge and Ahorneggalm of Rötelstein. From the treeline, at about 1.800m, the trail is very rocky and there are a few slight, short climbs. So we reach after 2-3 hours the summit of Rötelsteins - 2.247m. The small summit plateau is not exposed, and many hikers can simultaneously enjoy this grandiose scenery of the mountains.

On the descent from the summit, we follow the trail no. 639 down to the Sulzenhals-Saddle 1.827m. We go first 300m very comfortable on the flat, broad grassy ridge and then follow the one kilometer long and with 43% very steep descent. Because of the slope and the many boulders also results in an increased risk of rock falls. From the saddle - Sulzenhals we walk comfortably through the forest and without difficulty on route no. 638 on to the huts on the pasture - Sulzenalm. There are two nice huts - Wallehenhütte 1.608m and Krahlehenhütte 1.578m and we enjoy again the wonderful views of the beautiful pasture and the surrounding mountains Bischofsmütze, Rötelstein and in clear weather to the Grossglockner and Sonnblick. In the last, 4 km long section of the Sulzenalm back we walk on the trail no. 638 "Filzmoos on Leopichl". There you’ll be soon on a forest road, which has only a few vertical meters. After about 5 to 7 hours we are back on the parking lot at the Rettensteinhütte.

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